200 HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
About Peter Petrou
About Christopher Gladwell
I did my first yoga class 25 years ago, however it wasn’t until I met my first teacher ‘guru’ Mansoor in 2005 that yoga became a real transformative process for me, quite literally it changed my life.
The earlier years of my practice were less physically focused, the emphasis in the asana was on breathing and being a witness, practising being in the moment. I attended at least one silent retreat every year, studied yoga philosophy, meditation (vipassana) and pranayama.My motto, “The practice is not in the asana, it is in the awareness.”
Over the past 10 years I have received over 1000 hours of yoga training and continued to deepen my practice through studying Sivananda yoga in India and YogaWorks in Cyprus.
I am passionate about sharing the benefits that I have witnessed from my own yoga (vipassana) practice.
I have recently undertaken a breathwork (rebirthing) coach training and facilitate group and private breathwork sessions.
I ran my own yoga centre in Switzerland before I came to Cyprus in 2013 and founded the Vedanta Yoga Centre. I continue to share my vision of yoga being an integrative practice between the mind, body and spirit. Peter’s classes focus on the dual aspects of yoga, of the breath being the vehicle for mindful practice, and the physical practice being the vehicle for the spirit's journey to higher states of consciousness.
My own journey has included extensive practice and study with the Satyananda School of Yoga (12 years) and the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of Krishnamacharya and Sri K Pattabhi Jois (12 years), as well as other systems such as Iyengar yoga, Oki yoga, Vini yoga and Chi Kung.
I have also had the good fortune of exploring traditional and new tantra, and for the last nine years I have been involved in explorations of the Vajrayana teachings of Tibet. Other explorations have been with Shamanic traditions mostly rooted in Native American teachings.
My practice has taken me through physical (somatic) practices, into working with breath and vibration (pranayama and mantra) and into meditative practice and ceremony. I love pragmatic and liberating Yogic philosophy and have studied, written and taught extensively around this visionary work.
I have also studied physical therapies, primarily Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Intuitive Massage and Structural Integration, all of which informs the hands-on facilitation work in my yoga teaching.
My study of yoga nidra with the Satyananda School of Yoga led me to an interest in metaphor and language and then storytelling, which I practised for a while. This introduced me to Neuro-Linguistic Programming, which I studied to Trainer level. This then led me to study Clinical Hypnotherapy and Coaching. All of these strands are woven into my teaching and have also brought me full circle back to yoga nidra and dream yoga.
Free dance moves my heart and body and has led me through five rhythms, movement medicine and contact dance to the spontaneous movement practices of Asia. I will dance more!
I have also been studying the myo-fascial work of Thomas Myers and training with anatomy trains. This work builds on my former teaching of anatomy and physiology which itself was rooted in my training as a Biologist.
For me Yoga is still about us connecting to what is deeply real and true inside of ourselves. This connection is on every level, physical, energetic, emotional, cognitive and in connection to each other, the planet and that which is beyond time and space.
My teaching aims to help you to find what that is for yourself.
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